What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life

What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life

by James Hollis
     
 

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The celebrated author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life delivers a unique look at happiness, sharing a Jungian approach to finding a fearless, authentic path.

Why are we here? What is the meaning of existence? What truly matters the most in life? To even begin to answer these questions, we must start by

Overview

The celebrated author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life delivers a unique look at happiness, sharing a Jungian approach to finding a fearless, authentic path.

Why are we here? What is the meaning of existence? What truly matters the most in life? To even begin to answer these questions, we must start by exploring our own internal ideals, values, and beliefs. Presenting the unique perspective of respected analyst and author James Hollis, Ph.D., What Matters Most helps readers learn to appreciate (even be amazed by) events unfolding within, even as the external world creates constant struggles.

Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, Hollis uses a warm, accessible tone to encourage readers to learn to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth rather than security, respect the power of Eros, engage spiritual crises, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality. Providing inspiring wisdom and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Most yields far more than mere self-help clichés. Instead, Hollis guides readers in uncovering the heart of the matter, discovering what it means to truly live life to its fullest, most meaningful state—as fully engaged citizens of the world.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Jungian analyst Hollis (Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life) wants us to see that we often lose sight of destiny's plan by trying to live up to others' expectations. However, our psyche does not forget and will send out a call for us to change-a call that may come in the form of suffering, depression, illness, or boredom. The author encourages us to work through the suffering, even entering therapy if necessary, to begin the work of going home. For Hollis, however, home is not a building or place but rather a return to the self. With references to prose, drama, poetry, and popular culture as well as examples from his private practice, Hollis shows us how we can look deeper into our soul, or psyche, and do the work we must do to become the person we were meant to be. Hollis's message will resonate with many readers, though the somewhat mystical tone, with references to "the gods," may not work for everyone. For large public libraries.
—Phyllis Goodman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440655227
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/26/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
535,772
File size:
398 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

James Hollis, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice and executive director of the C.G. Jung Educational Center of Houston. Educated at Manchester College, Drew University, and the Jung Institute in Zurich, he was a humanities professor for more than twenty years and is the author of ten previous books, including the best selling The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning at Midlife and The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other. Based in Houston, he lectures frequently throughout the country and worldwide.

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